This week we feature Margeaux Johnson, a 2008 graduate who is currently a librarian at the University of Florida.
Where do you work currently?
University of Florida
What is your current job title?
Science and Technology Librarian
What sort of duties or activities does your current position entail?
Teaching, Research and Service! As a tenure track librarian, my activities are related to the three areas of teaching research and service.
I coordinate a program of instruction for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students that includes credit bearing courses, information literacy instruction, library workshops, and library outreach to programs and departments. Semester long courses include Discovering Research & Communicating Science (http://ufdc.ufl.edu/l/IR00001077), a course for undergraduate STEM researchers, and Uncommon Reading for the Undead (http://ufdc.ufl.edu/l/IR00000772), a literacy course based on the Zombie Survival Guide.
My research agenda focuses on 21st century learning and teaching the 4Cs: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. I am particularly interested in games-based learning and transmedia navigation. Currently I am finishing up work on an NSF grant to design a videogame for science students (http://blogs.uflib.ufl.edu/gap/) and I am a former member of the NIH VIVO Collaboration (http://vivoweb.org/).
I serve as a member of the faculty senate at UF and try to stay active in national organizations like ACRL’s Science and Technology Section.
What made you decide to enter the field of library and information science?
I entered the field of Library science because I love learning! Specifically, I love self-directed learning and helping people discover new connections.
What was the most useful thing you learned or useful course you took while in the iSchool at the University of Maryland?
The most useful thing I learned was to be proactive and take responsibility for my own learning. The professors in the iSchool were always willing to design augmented learning experiences, as long as I asked. The opportunities to work with professors on research projects were invaluable. Furthermore, the connections I made with other students have lasted and contributed to my success as a librarian.
What sort of advice do you have for current or newly graduated iSchool students?
Stay curious. Have fun and be willing to play with ideas, people, and technology.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Curious, creative, collaborative.